Boo Radley Theme

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Boo Radley, a character who never comes out of his house and sounds as scary as his name, portrays an important theme in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. The classic is rich with themes and inspires many people to learn from these themes. One of the main themes is developed by Tim Johnson, the pet of Maycomb, Tom Robinson, a black man convicted of rape, and Boo Radley. The theme these characters are developing is that it is a sin to hurt or kill something that is not harmful. Tim Johnson is a marvelous dog that brings joy to the town of Maycomb, but Atticus kills Tim. While Jem and Scout are playing, they see Tim Johnson down the street. Scout describes him as, “Tim was a liver-colored bird dog, the pet of Maycomb,” (Lee 122). This…show more content…
After an intense trail, he is convicted and this is tragic, especially since he is a good person. Atticus says, “‘He’s a member of Calpurnia’s church, and Cal knows his family well.’ ‘She says they’re clean-living folks’,” (Lee 100). According to Calpurnia, Tom and his family are reputable and clean folks. This means they are not harmful or threatening to anyone, but just nice. In the trial, Atticus asks, “‘Tom, did you rape Mayella Ewell?’ ‘I did not, suh’,” (Lee 260). He did not rape Mayella as he says and this is true. He was helping Mayella around the house, but he is accused of rape even though he did not even touch her. This makes him the mockingbird because he is not causing any harm but was helping out. Later, he is shot to death and while informing the news, Atticus says, “‘Seventeen bullet holes in him.’ ‘They didn’t have to shoot him that much’,” (Lee 315). He is shot to death and also, they did not have to shoot him seventeen times like Atticus says. Tom is a mockingbird because he is not harming anyone, but helping others. He is killed even when he did not deserve it, which is not right. Boo Radley is also a mockingbird just like Tom but does not have to deal with the same…show more content…
Tim Johnson is originally a nice dog but is killed because it was necessary. Tom Robinson is a good and honest man who is convicted of rape and is later killed. Boo Radley is a shy, but a helpful person who does not like being with other people so, he should not be in the spotlight, and he is not. What happens with Tim and Tom is really sad especially because they meant good and no harm, but are killed. In conclusion, this book is filled with good themes that can inspire people to learn from them and live with
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